An American bomb disposal expert has sued the makers of Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker, alleging that the lead character in the film, Will James, is based on him. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an army bomb disposal expert who served in the Iraq war in 2004, has charged that the creators of the Oscar nominated film have cheated him out of “financial participation" in the film.
The army man"s attorney Geoffrey Fieger revealed that he has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit in New Jersey federal. Fieger further briefed that the screenwriter Mark Boal was embedded in Sarver"s three-person unit in Iraq and had used the information he gained to write the story. Also, he mentioned that Boal"s report on Sarver was published in Playboy in 2005.
“If you do take the time to read (the Playboy article) and if you then go and view 'The Hurt Locker," you will see - and there will be no question in your mind - that 'Blaster One," Sgt. Sarver, is the character in 'The Hurt Locker" called Will James," the New York Daily News quoted Fieger as saying. He added: “The caveat in the movie that the movie is fictional and all the characters portrayed in the movie are fictional is a fictional statement in and of itself. “They"re gonna owe him a whole lot of money and recognition."
Meanwhile, the movie"s U.S. distributor, Summit Entertainment, has come up with a statement hoping “for a quick resolution to the claims made by Master Sgt. Sarver." It said: “The film is a story about heroes depicting a fictional account of what brave men and women do on the battlefield. “We have no doubt that Master Sgt. Sarver served his country with honor and commitment risking his life for a greater good, but we distributed the film based on a fictional screenplay written by Mark Boal." Sarver has pinned his hopes on his attorney to help him get his due. He said: “I could have helped out a little bit. But they chose not to. (I"m feeling) just a little bit hurt, a little bit felt left out. Just hoping that Mr. Fieger can make things right." Kathryn Bigelow is the director of The Hurt Locker.